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Full text of "Muscle Shoals Baptist Association Minutes 1897"

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MINUTES. 



OF THE 

SEVENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH THE 

Hartselle baptist (torch, TOorgan temttg, £la., 

September 30, and October 1 . a and 3, 1B97- 



OFFICERS; 
Elder R. T. WEAR, Moderator, 
Elder JOS. SHACKELFORD, Clerk, 

W. D. LRWIJ4, TREASURER.. 



Mt. Hope, Ala. 
Danville, Ala. 
Moulfon, Ala. 



Executive Board, Moulton, Ala. 

Jocrdan White, J. M. Kitchens, ' J. M. Shoemaker, 

A. W. Bailey, J. N. Bragg, H. B. Irwin, 

J. G. Orr^ J.B. Tidweli J.A.Walker, 

W.D.Irwin, J. M. Sandlin, J.N.Jackson, 

Wm. East, W. D. Irwin, Treas 



Board Of Ministerial Education, Danville, Ala. 

Joseph Shackeldord, J. M.' Kitchens, J. G. Orr v G. C- Hardwick, 
C. T. Wallace, Byrd Gibson, Joseph Sand I in. 



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ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

Introductory Sermon at 11 a. m. Thursday. 

After intermission— Thursday afternoon— the Modera- 
tor shall call the Association to order and appoint 
Reading Clerks. ' 

Read letters from the churches and enroll delegates. 

Elect officers. 

Call for petitionary letters. 

Call for correspondence from other bodies. 

Invite visiting brethren to-seats with us. 

Appointment of Committees, viz: 1— Oh Devotional 
Exercises. 2— Stale of Religion. 3— Deceased Minis- 
ters. 4— Documents. 5— Finance Committee. 

Call for report of Board of Trustees of North Alabama 
Baptist Collegiate Institute and Normal School at 
Danville. 

Call for report of Executive Board. 

Friday Morning— Religious Exercises one half hour. 

Miscellaneous Business. 

Appt "nt. messengers to corresponding bodies. 

Call fo- Treasurer's Report. 

Call for Report, of Board of Ministerial Education. 

Report of Missionaries. 

Report of Standing Committees in the order of tneir 
appointment. 

Report of other Committees in their order. - 

Appoint Time and Place of next meetingand the preach- 
ing of the introductory sermon and the alternate. 

Miscellaneous Business. 

Read the minutes, call the roll and adjourn. 



The next session will be held with Enon Church, Lawrence 
Co., commencing on Thursday before the first Sabbath in 
October, 1898. 

NAMES OF ORDA1 O MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICE. 



Austin, W.H.,. ..R *<ielvill*. 

Bragg, T. R anville. 

*Blackman, J. R. . Co rtland. 
•Briscoe, Marion . 1 .nville. 

♦Briscoe, A. W T> vnville. 

•Briscoe, W. J F Jkville. 

•Bradford, Isaac Avoca. 

•Cobbs, W. T F Jkviile. 

•Churchwell, J. J. . Moulton. 

Dawson. J. D Tow i Creek. 
•David, F. C. . New ,>»catur. 
•Evans, James,. Russelvi'le. 
•Gun n, Jackson . . Trinity. 

Gibson, J. S Ml. Hope. 

Hembree, J. H Danville. 



•McClauahan, J. D.Hartselle. 

Martin. T. S Danville. 

Norwood, R .. . Courtland. 

♦Roan, J. E Somerville. 

•Roberts, J- M. Town Creek. 

Riohey, J. L Danville 

•Shackelford, Jos. Danville.. 
•Sandlin, J. W Moulton. 

Stephenson, E. D. Danville. 
•Stockton, J. I Simpson. 

Smith, W. G. W. . Falkville. 

•Wear, R. T Mt. Hope. 

•Wear, L. A . . Landersville. 
•Wright, W. E.. . Somerville. 

Wright, J. S. . Somerville. 



Kilpatrick, J. B.. . Danville. 

Note— Those marked with*, are regularly engaged in 
preaching to from 1 to 4 churches. 




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MINUTES. 






The Delegates composing the Seventy-eighth Session of the Muscle 
Shoals Association of Baptists, convened with the Hartselle Baptist 
Church, Morgan County, Alabama, Thursday, September the 30th, 1897, 
at 11 o'clock. A. M. 

Elder A. J. Thames read the 14th chapter of Exodus. After singing, 
prayer was made by Elder J. L. Stockton. After another song, Elder 
Joseph Shackelford offered prayer. The introductory sermon was then 
preached by Elder A. J. Thames. His subject was obedience to God's 
commands, founded on the incident related in the chapter read; the 
Israelites crossing the Red Sea. The sermon was practical and appro- 
priate to the occasion. After the sermon the congregation was dis- 
missed for one hour and a half. Prayer by the Moderator. 

Afternoon Session. 

The Association assembled at the appointed time. After singing and 
prayer by Elder Mack Stamps, Elder R. T. Wear, the former Moderator, 
called the Association to order and declared the body ready for business. 
The former Clerk, Elder Joseph Shackelford, took his place at the 
Clerk's table. 

Bros. M. Stamps, J. M. Roberts and John A. Tbomason were appoint- 
ed reading Clerks. The letters from the churches were then called for 
and read, and the names of delegates enrolled, as follows : 

Bethel (C) W. M. Holliman. 

Bethel (M) F. M. Reeves, J. C. Love, J. W. Stephenson. 

Central New Decatur : J. A. Tbomason, R. H. Allison, W. R. Spight. 

Cherry Hill : Letter, do delegates. 

Enon : J. W. McMillan, T. H. Sullivan J. T. Wallace. 

Decatur, 1st : Letter, no delegates. 

Danville: Jos. Shackelford, J. B. Kilpatrick, J. G. Orr. 

Harmony : J. A. Walker, Clarence Gillespie. 

Pleasant Hill (L) : S. D. Cartel. 

Falkville: J. B. Sherrill, W. T. Cobbs, E. L. Hays. 

Liberty : M. Odell, L. A. Waidrep. 

Gum Spring (L): Letter, no delegates. 

Mission Grove : R. C. Reed. 

Mt. Neoo (M): J. R. Witt, John Gibson, R. B. Miuter. 

M*. Nebo (F) : R. L. Quinn. 







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Mt. Zion <L.) : J. H. Butler, C. C. Willis, J. Ii. Richey. 

Man* Ionia ( M) : J. S. Bruinlow, Burt McOullock. 

Mr. Hope: J. S. Gibson. 

Mt. IMsgah : Geo. H. Hughes, R. B. Day, J. W. Petty. 

Plea-ant Grove : T. R. Bragg, J. J. Churchwell, R. M. 

Okolona: James Campbell, J. C. Reed. 

New Decatur : Letter, no delegates. 

New Prospect: M. H. Masterson, W. V. Willis. 

Prospect : J. E. Leeman, J- T. Wat kins. 

New Friendship: W. E. Wright, R. M. Bell. 

New Centre: M. T. Blankenship, F. S. Ferguson, W. M. Bryant. 

Russt ville: James Evans, J. O. A. Pace. 

Pleas'iit Hill (M) : George W. Russell, Jos. Robineon, A. Y. Stewart. 

Rockj Creek : J. P. Scruggs, J. C. Allison, Hardin Oden. 

Sheffield: Mack Stamps. 

Somerville : J. E. Weaver, J. E. Roan. 

Tuscumbia : C. A. Womble, A. J. Thames. 

Town Creek : R. T. Wear. 

Hopewell : J. Hembree Willis W. Orr, William Nance. 

Si loam : Letter, no delegates. 

Shady Grove: C. M. Livingston. E. T. Moone, J. F. Daniel. 

Trinity : J. I. Stockton, W. R. Frazier. 

Cave Spring: James Ratlitfe, W. C. Collier. 

Gurtf Spring (M): J.N.Lee, W. M. Roan. 

There being no other letters presented the Moderator announced that 
the Assvwiation would proceed to the election of its officers. Brothers 
Thames and Evans were appointed tellers to take and count the vote.— 
During the counting of the vote the Association engaged in singing 

several songs. 

The tellers announced that Elder R. T. Wear was elected Modera- 
tor and Elder Jos. Shackelford, Clerk. 

The Moderator returned thanks for the honor conferred, and asked 
the assistance of the brethren in conducting the business of the Asso- 
ciation. 

On motion, the order of business as printed in the minutes of last 

year was adopted. 

PETITIONARY LETTEB8. 

On call for petitionary letters the Moderator announced that he had 
a letter from a new church near Courtland, Ala., called Oakland, which 
petitioned for membership in the Association, % but there were no dele- 
gates present, and according to the constitution, it could not be admit- 
ted. 

COBBESPOItDENTS. 

Elder J. M. Simpson was received as a correspondent from Gilliam 
Springs Association, also Elder P. M. Musgrove was received as a cor- 
respondent from Cullman Association. 

On motion, the report of the Trustees of the Danville School was 
made the special order of business for the evening session. 

The Moderator read an invitation from the pastor of the M. E. Church, 



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and Dr. A.R. Wilson, tendering the use of their house of worship to 
the Association. 

On motion adjourned to meet at 7 :30 o'clock to-night. Prayer by 
Elder F. C. David. 

EVENING SESSION — 7 :80 P. M. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. J. 
Evans. The special order, the report of the Trustees of the Danville 
School was taken up, and the report was read by the Clerk. On motion 
to receive and spread the report on the Minutes, Bro. Shackelford ad- 
dressed the Association in behalf of the school. He was followed by 
Bro. J. Evans, after which the motion was adopted. 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE DANVILLE SCHOOL 
TO THE MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION. 

The Board of Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Insti- 
tute and Normal School at Danville, Ala., beg leave to make this, their 
fifth annual report, to your body : The school closed its fourth session in 
June last, with a total enrollment of 122. This was an increase over 
the previous session of nearly 83 per cent. We had three graduates in 
the English course. The Commencement Exercises passed off success- 
fully, with a larger attendance of visitors than we have ever had. The 
number of boarding pupils was increased over 56 per cent. Prof. D. F. 
Green having: declined a re-election as President of the school, the 
trustees elected Rev. J. Bunyau Kilpatrick as President of the school, 
and Mrs. Ella Kilpatrick as Principal of tne Primary and Preparatory 
Departments. Prof. T. H. Johnson, a graduate of the school, was 
elected Professor of Latin and Greek. Miss Susie Shackelford, also a 
graduate of the school, was elected Teacher of Music. Miss Bettie 
Burleson was selected by the President, with the approval of the Board, 
as Teacher of Art and the Guitar. Also, Rev. T. M. Thomas, Profes- 
sor of Bookkeeping and Banking. The trustees also reduced the terms 
of tuition. They also made arrangements by which twenty boys can 
secure rooms in the college building, by the payment of 50 cents per 
month room rent — they furnishing their rooms. By this arrangement 
the expense of board can be reduced to from $5.00 to $6.00 per month. 
We refer you to Catalogue of School for information concerning the 
terms of tuition and the character of Prof. Kilpatrick as an educator. 
He is an experienced teacher, and comes to us most highly recommend- 
ed. The other teachers are fully competent to perform the duties as- 
signed them. The fifth session of che school commenced on the 6th of 
September. The opening exceeded our expectations There were en- 
rolled the first week sixty-five pupils. Up to this time. September 30th, 
we have eighty pupils enrolled, and the school is moving along smooth- 
ly. We have the promise of a number of students who will enter later. 
We think our boarding patronage will exceed that of last session. We 
think the prospect is good to increase the uumber of pupils this session 
over last, at least from 25 to 30 per cent. Our growth is slow, but sure. 
Our school is gaining reputation as a christian school, and for thorough- 
ness in its instruction. We are more and more impressed with the 
conviction that the Baptists of North Alabama need such a school as we 
are trying to m*ke this. We are striving to build up a christian school, 
where the Bible is taught and christian principles are instilled into the 
minds of the students. A thorough school, where no mere surface work 



is done; an economical school, where the. prices of tuition and board 
will enable poor boys and girls to secure an education, and yet not so 
low as not to pvp the teachers a living;. Our motto is "Live and Let 
, Live." Patrons cannot expect teachers to teach for nothing, and 
boarding house keepers to board for nothing. We have put board and 
tuition at the lowest possible rates to sustain ourselves. We do not 
propose to do shoddy work, nor to give shoddy board in order to get a 
reputation for cheapness. Ch»»ap goods are generally dearest in the 
end. Duriner the past session we have had five young ministers in at- 
tendance, four from Muscle Shoals Association and one from the Big 
Bear Creek Association. We have, up to this time, three young minis- 
ters, and expect more. One of the primary objects of this school is to 
educate young ministers, to help them, and prepare those who may 
wish to go further than our course of study wi'l carry them, to enter 
the higher classes of Howard College. We can do this with much less 
expense than it can be done at the Howard, as board is much cheaper — 
at least 25 per cent, cheaper. We give them the same instruction that 
they receive in the Freshman and Sophomore classes of that school. 
Your Association has been sending its ministerial students to our 
school. We trust you will continue to do so. Our Board at the last ses- 
sion, passed a resolution, to which we desire to call your attention. 
This resolution was in the nature of a request. That Associations that 
may assist ministerial students, be requested to let a part of their con- 
tributions for this purpose be applied to paying one half of the tuition 
of each student. As we have no permanent fund, out of which we can 
pay stated salaries to our teachers, and they have to depend on the tu- 
ition fees for their support, it is manifestly unjust to ask them to bear 
so great a burden as giving all the tuition to ministerial students. Last 
session our teachers gave over $120.00 to ministerial studendts in the 
way of tuition. The denomination -ought to bear at least half of the 
expense. The Board also passed a resolution looking to the raisins: of 
an endowment of $26,000.00 for the President's chair. When an effort 
will be made to raise this amount, has not been determined as yet. We 
mention it in this report that our brethren may know that vour Board 
has this matter under consideration, and that we contemplate placing 
the institution upon a firmer basis. The great need we have now is a 
better patronage from the Baptists of North Alabama. We think our 
school deserves the patronage of Baptists especially, as it is a Baptist 
school. We have good teachers, and our course of study is equal to any 
school of the same grade in the state. Why not patronize your own 
school? The term of the following trustees expires at this session of 
yonr body, viz : Rev. Joseph Shackelford, Dr. J. M. Kitchens and T. L. 
Baker. Their places will have to be filled, either by re-election or the 
appointment of others. Respectfully submitted, 

Joseph Shackelford, President of Board. 
T. L. Baker, Secretary. 
Danville, Alabama, September 30th, 1897. 



Bro. M. Stamps offered the following, which was adopted : "Where- 
as, the brethren of the M. £. Church have so kindly tendered us the use 
of their church during the present session of the Association, there- 
fore Resolved, That we express our hearty appreciation of their gener- 
ous offer, assuring them that we will use it if we have occasion to do so." 



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COMMITTEES. . 

The Moderator announced the following committees to report at this 
session : 

On Devotional Exercises— Pastor and Deacons of Hartselle Church 
with J. T. Wallace and John A. Thomason. 
On State Religion— J. E. Weaver, Frank Chenault, J. H. Butler. 
On Deceased Ministers— J. O. A. Pace, J. Evans, R. L. Quinn. 
On Documents— J. D. McClanahan, T. R. Bragg, J. L. Richey 
On Finance— C. A. Womble, G. H. Hughes J. A. Thomason. 

On motion, the Association adjourned to 8:30 Friday roorhine 
Prayer by Bro. T. R. Bragg. e ' 



SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Friday, October 1, 8 :30 a. m. 
The Devotional Exercises were led by Bro. F. C. David, after which the 
Moderator called the Association to order. The Minutes of yesterday 
were read and approved. On motion of Bro. A. J. Thames, the Modera- 
tor waa authorized to appoint members of Standing Committees in 
place of the brethren who were absent. Delayed letters were handed 
in and read and names of delegates enrolled as follows : 

Hartselle Church— J. D. McClanahan, J. W. Loggins, D. A. Burleson 

Hillsboro — W. A. Aycock. 

Center Grove — Win. Ryan, E. W. Batliffe. 

Salem — Letter, no delegate. 

Mt. Zion (M)— A. J. Patterson, J. W. Thompson, J. T. Tapscott. 

Elder J. A. Howard, of the Alabama Baptist, was received as a repre- 
sentative of that paper. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

The clerk read the report of the Executive Board, which was ordered 
to be spread upon the minutes, as follows : 

Dear Brethren :— Your Board held its first meeting October 23rd 
1896. Members present, Bros. O. D. Gibson, J. G. Orr, W. D. Irvin r' 
M. Simpson, J. M. Shoemaker and J. M. Sandlin. Bro. O. D. Gibson 
was elected Chairman and Bro. J. M. Sandlin, Secretary. At the meet- 
ing Elder J. M. Roberts was employed to do the missionary work in 
the territory north of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, between 
the river and the railroad, and pastoral work for the churches in that 
territory. He to receive one hundred dollars for bis work. Elder Jos. 
Shackelford was employed to do missionary work throughout the Asso- 
ciation at a salary of $*) per month, for time actually employed in such 
work, to commence the first of November, or as soon thereafter as con- 
venient. It was also ordered by the Board that all persons employed 
by the Board be requested to make monthly reports of their work to 
the Board, which has been promptly complied with. The Board also 
appropriated $10 to buy tracts for distribution by the general mission- 
ary. The second meeting of the Board was held, February 25, 1897 — 
Members present, Bros. W. D. and H. B. Irvin, Dr. R. M. Simpson, J 
M. Shoemaker and J. M. Sandlin. Bro. H. B. Irvin was made tempo- 



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rary chairman. At this meeting Elder J. O. A. Pace was employed as 
missionary to work in the western portion of the Association, at a sal- 
ary of $30 per month, he to commence work the first of June. At this 
meeting it was announced that Brother O. D. Gibson, our chairman, 
had departed this life. The secretary was authorized to write to ail 
the members of the Board to meet on the first of May, which was done, 
but no quorum met, and we have been unable to have a meeting since. 
In the meantime another member of the Board, Dr. R. M. Simpson, de- 
parted this life. An effort has been made to secure a quorum, but un- 
successful. We would suggest that the Executive Board be appointed 
so as to have as many in the same locality as possible; it is impossible 
to get a quorum, located as they are at present. We refer you for in- 
formation as to the work that has been done to the reports of our mis- 
sionaries. The Board is pained to announce that two of our most effi- 
cient and active members have departed this life, Bros. O. D. Gibson 
and R. M. Simpson. Bro. Gibson, the chairman of the Board, died on 
the 24th day of December, 1896. We Have sorely felt bis loss. He was 
active and energetic in the work committed to his hands, and took a 
great interest-in the work of the Board. Dr. R. M. Simpson died on 
the 24th of April, 1897. He was generally prompt in his attendance 
upon the meetings of the Board up to his last sickness, and took an ac- 
tive interest in the work. 

Respectfully submitted, , 
J. M Sandlin, H. B. Ibvin, 

Secretary, Chairmun, pro. tem. 

VACANCIES IN STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the following breth- 
ren to fill vacancies in standing committees: 

On State Missions, F. C. David. 

On Education— J. Evans, Marion Briscoe, J. N. Bragg, James Reed. 

An invitation was read from Prof. Riddle, of the Hartselle College, 
inviting the Association to visit that school. 

Bro. J. I.Stockton aicved that a committee be appointed to notice 
the deaths of Bros. O. D. Gibson and Dr. R. M. Simpson, members of 
the Executive Board, committee to consist of Bro. W. D. Irwin and 
two others, to be appointed by the Moderator. The motion was adopt- 
ed, and the Moderator appointed Bros. J. G. A. Pace and J. J. Church- 
well as the other two members. 

CORRESPONDENTS TO OTHER BODIES. 

The following brethren were appointed messengers to the bodies with 
whom we correspond : 

To Liberty Association — J. L. Stockton, J. M. Roberts, Jos. Shackel- 
ford. 

Florence Association— J. O. A. Pace, C. A. Womble. 

Gilliam Springs Association— J. E. Weaver, W. M. Roan. 

Colbert Association— J. Evans, J. O. A. Pace, Jos. Shackelford, J. C. 

Orr 
Bear Creek Association— J. S. Gibson, R. T. Wear, J. N. Bragg, J. 

Evans, J. O. A. Pace. 
Pullman Association— J. C. Orr. J. S. Gibson, W. r. Cobbs. 
State Convention— Jos. Shackelford, M. Briscoe, M. Stamps, A. J. 



Thames, J. A. Thoniaspn J. O. A. Pace, J. 8. Gibson, J. Evaus, E. D 
Stephenson, R. T. Wear, J. C. Orr. 

It was moved and adopted, that any member of this body who shall 
be present at the meetings of any of the bodies with whom we corres- 
pond, is authorized to represent this Association. 

Southern Baptist Convention.— Bro. M. Briscoe was elected a del- 
egate to the Southern Baptist Convention and Bro. T. H. Johnson as 
alternate. 



Note by the Clerk.— Bro. Jos. Shackelford was at first elected delegate to th«« S B 
Convention and Bro. Briscoe, alternate, but Bro. Shackelford afterwards resigned and 
then the above action was taken on Saturday 



BEPOBT OF THE BOABD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 



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The report of the Board of Ministerial Education was 
Clerk, and on motion was received and ordered to be 
minutes, as follows: 

Dear Brethren :— The first meeting of your Board for the past As- 
sociational year, was held at Danville, October 8. 1896. Members pres- 
ent were Bros. J. G. Orr, Joseph Shackelford, J T Wallace, and James 
Sandlin— a quorum. The Secretary reported that about $245 00 was 
p'edged at the Association for Ministerial Education, besides a special 
subscription by the friends of bro. J. L. Richey for his support, amount- 
ing to $860 00. The application for aid from Bro. J. L. Richey of Mt 
Zion church, and Bro. Emmet Tubbs of Town Creek church, were laid 
before the Board and considered. The name of Bro. R. L. Quinn, whom 
the Board ha* been helping, was also presented. The name of Rev. 
Albert Briscoe was also presented as a worthy brother and promising 
young preacher. The Board appropriated $70, each, to Bros. Richey 
Tubbs and Quinn, and $36 to Bro. Albert Briscoe. Subsequently, Bro. 
Briscoe declined to fake anything. At the time the appropriation was 
made, Bro. Briscoe was a member of Cullman church, but as we under- 
stood designed making Falkvitle his home, and had accepted the pas- 
toral care of Hopewell church. All of these brethren atteuded the 
Danville school during the last session. The Board has had some diffi- 
culty in collecting the pledges. At the beginning of the year we were 
confronted with a debt of about $28 78, which had to come out of the 
first money collected at the Association. During: the year the Secre- 
tary has made an earnest effort to collect the pledges. He has suc- 
ceeded in collecting $124 42 in addition to $28 79 turned over to him by 
W. D. Irwin, treasurer of the Association. There has been paid the 
following amounts to the brethren named, leaving a ballance due them 
as stated : 



To B. L. Quinn, 
" J. L. Richey, 
" Emmet Tubbs, 



Paid $39 09 
" 48 35 
'• 38 30 



Balance due, $30 71 

* " 21 65 

" 31 70 



Total amount due, - - - - - _ $8g jg 

Of pledges by churches and individuals unpaid, we have about $100,00 
— enough to pay our indebtedness. We trust the churches and indi- 
viduals who pledged, will send up the amount of their pledges to the 
Association. Bro. R. L. Quinn, one of our beneficiaries, graduated at 
the last commencement of the Danville school. Whether it is his pur- 
pose to go on further with his education and attend Howard College, 




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we do Dot know. We think this would be the wiser plan. Your Board 
would suggest, that it be impressed upon the minds of the brethren 
that the amount pledged for Ministerial Education, should be paid as 
early as possible after the meeting of the Association. The Treasurer 
presents his report, which is approved by the Board. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. 6. Orb, President of Board. 
Jos. Shackelford, Secretary. 

REPORT OF TREASURER OF BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer, 

In account with the Board of Ministerial Education. 
1896. 

Oct. 3. To cash from W. D. Irwin, Treasurer of Association, $ 29 79 

3. T. H. Johnson, Pledge, 5 00 

" 8. George Jackson, 5 00 

" 8. Collected at Association, A. L. Moody,. . 5 00 

8. « ** " J. C. Vincent. . 7 60 
3. " " » W. T. Cobbs$l, 

W. M. Jolly, $1.00 2 00 

'* 3. Hat collection <, 5 64 

Nov. 19. J. E. Tubbs, 1 00 

Dec. 16. Russellville Sunday School 1 50 

" 16. Mt. Nebo Church, (F. C.) per Wm. East. . 8 40 

Oct. 3. A. J. Thames, $1., Mrs. Mat Masterson,$l, 2 00 

3. Association not included in above 1 50 

Dec. 29. Salem Church, per R. T. Wear,. 2 10 

" 29. Macedonia Church, per R. T. Wear,.. 2 12 

" 29. Mrs. Lina Wear, per L. A. Wear 1 00 

" 31. Moulton Church, 5 00 

" 81. Macedonia Church at Association 60 

1897. 

Jan. 8. Ofcalona Church, per W. D. Irwin, 2 85 

** 10. Liberty •« Collections,. 2 00 

" 21. Enon « per Bro. West 125 

" 31. Trinity " « J. I. Stockton, 60 

Feb. 13. Hopewell " " A. Briscoe 2 25 

Mar. 7. Tuscumbia Church, 2 05 

. " 8. • Frank King 1 00 

," 8. Pleasant Hill Church, 2 00 

" .8. Trinity Church, per J. I. Stockton, 40 

u 13. Mt. Hope Church, per R. T. Wear, 5 00 

" 18. Town Creek Church, per " " 10 00 

**• 13. Danville •« " J. S., 5 00 

" 18. Enon " " J.T.Wallace... 100 

" 14. Hopewell " •' A.Briscoe 175 

" 25. " Russellville Sunday School, 3 50 

11 29. L. M. Wear $1.00, Mrs. W. D. Bynum $1, 2 00 

" 29. First Church, New Decatur, 6 50 

" 29. Town Creek Sunday School 2 50 

Apr. 3. Danville Church, per D. F. Green, 100 

" 28. Falkville •' " W T. Cobbs 60 

" 24. James Ratliffe, Cave Spring Church, 1 00 

%i 24. J. W. Sandlin, pledge, 5 00 

" 24. Moulton Church, per W. D. Irwin, 4 00 

" 30. Trinity Church, 160 




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To cash from Okolona 3 15 

Bro. Cowan, pledge, Town Creek Church', 1 25 

Shady Grove Church, i qo 

Mt. Zion (L), 3 00 



Contra. 



$155 20 



By cash paid T. H. Johnson, $ 22 12 

R. L. Quinn 3 50 

" " to J. Shackelford, for board,. 8 16 

R. L. Qumn, J. S., 8 00 

J . L. Richey 3 00 

" ,„ " for books, ...;... 2 45 

J. E. Tubbs, 1000 

I. .L. Richey, 6 00 

- R. L. Quinn, board, 14 00 

J. L. Richey, ........' * 3 00 



J. L. Richey, 

J. E. Tubbs. 

to Mr. Speake. .'.'.'.'.'.'.'..'.'. 

J. L. Richey 

J. E. Tubbs, per Mr. Speake! ......... 

J. L. Richey ... 

J. E. Tubbs, 

R. L. Quinn, 

J. L. Richey,. .... 

J. E. Tubbs 

J. L. Richey, 

J. E. Tubbs, 

J. L. Richey, per D. F. Green,' ....... 

R. L, Quinn, 

R. L. Quinn, to J/Shackelford, '." . 
J. L. Richey, $2.50, J. E. Tubbs, $2.50,. 

J. L. Richey 

C. Speake, for J. E. Tubbs, 

R. L. Quinn, for Shackelford 

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5 00 
5 00 
50 
5 00 
1 80 



50 
50 



For postage and postal cards, 

J. L. Richey, on order to J. G. Orr. 



5 00 
5 00 
5 00 
5 00 
5 00 

1 00 

2 50 
2 50 
5 00 
5 00 
5 00 

2 69 

3 40 
1 00 

68 
1 90 



« , . 1166 20 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer. 

BEPORT8 OF MISSIONARIES. 

The Moderator called for the report of missionaries. Elder J. O. A. 
Pace made his report as follows : 

Report of J. O. A. Pace for work done in Muscle Shoals Association : 
Dear Brethren: I was appointed by your Executive Board to labor 
in the western boundary of the Association, beginning June 1st, on a 
salary of $30 00 per month. The following is my report : 

Miles traveled, . . 724 



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Family visits made, -,•■ 

Sermons prearhed, 

Exhortations delivered, 

Sunday School a Idresses made, ' 

Days actually employed, - '* 

Copies of bibles and testaments sold, «» 

Copies of Biblesand testaments given away, "" 



Received from Mr. Zion Church, 

Fifth Sunday meeting. Siloam Church; - fle 

Received from William Irwin, treasurer, $ 6b 20 

Balance due me, 2rf uo 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. A. O 



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Pack. 
Elder Jos. Shackelford made his report as follows, which was received : 

SHACKELFORD, EVANGELIST AND COLPOBTEB FOB THE 
MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION. 



BEPOBT OF JOS. 



Deab Brethben: I was employed by your Executive Board to work 
as an evangelist and colporter within the territory of the Muscle Shoals 
Association, at a salary of $40 per month for time actually engaged id 
the work The Board furnished me «5 00 with which to purchase 
tracts bibles and testaments for free distribution, where I thought it 
was proper to do so. Other books, bibles and testaments, I furnished 
mvself with my own means. I commenced work on the 22nd of No- 
vember 1896. The following is a consolidated report of my work up 
to date.' I have made monthly reports of my work to the Board as re- 
quired : 

Time empioyed in days, 159— months, 6 and 9 days. 

Miles traveled, 

Sermons preached, 

Exhortations and addresses, 

Visits made, 

Prayer meetings attended, •» • 

Books sold, value,. - * t ™ 

Bibles, testaments and tracts, donated, J> f> 

Money collected for Ministerial Education, 32 

Money collected for missions, : 78 20 

This money for missions was eoJIeotedfroni the following churches 

Danville church, $29 53 

J. Ratliffe, Cave Spring church,. 1 
Central; New Decatur, • 4 

Liberty Church, 

Pleasant Grove, 6 

Macedonia, in Franklin, 

Joseph Shackelford, pledge, 5 



1291 

125 

8 

168 

10 



00 
59 
50 
00 
75 

00 



Trinity church, $ 1 30 

Somerville church, 4 43 

Mt. Pisgah, 50 

Hillsboro, 7 77 

1st church, Decatur,. 11 83 
A. L. Moody, correction 

in F. C. report, 5 00 

Danville S. School, . 1 50 



Total collected, $78 70 

Total amount for services for 5 months and 9 days, $212 00 
Received from W. D. Irwin, Treasurer, on this, 170 00 

Cash in my hands. *' 5 " 



Balance due me, 



202 59 

9 41 

$212 00 



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The money collected by me for Ministerial Education, and mentioned 
in this report, will appear in my report as Treasurer of the Board «.f 
Ministerial Education, credited to the church, which paid the same. 
My work has been about on the same plan as that of last year, that is, 
visiting the churches and trying to arouse them to more activity in the 
Master's cause. I think the interest in religious matters, both among 
the members of our churches and among the people generally, is much 
better this year than it was last year. Better congregations have met 
meat my appointments, as a general thing. There does not seem to 
be so much apathy and indifference upon the part of the ohuroh nn m- 
bers. More money has been collected for Missions and Ministerial Ed- 
ucation. There have been several new houses of worship built, and 
some very good meetings. - Most of the churches in the Association 
have had good meetings. Their letters will show the. ingathering. I 
have visited all the churches in the Association except two or t» i ree. 
I had appointments for these, but for various reasons did not get In 
them. To one I did not go, because of illness; to another, because I 
understood that my appointment was not circulated. 1 desire to call 
your attention to several points where I think t tie Association might 
profitably spend some money in maintaining preaching : Center Grove, 
in the Eastern part of Morgan county, has bad no regular preaching 
this year. They have a good house ol worship, and in a good commu- 
nity. The membership is small, and they need help to maintain regu- 
lar preaching. This church occupies a central position, so far as popu- 
lation is concerned, and should not be permitted to go down if it can 
be helped. Fifty dollars spent here to supplement the salary of an 
efficient pastor would be money well expended, in my opinion The 
Friendship Church needs help; their house of worship was burned last 
year. They have built them a new one; it is not finished, but they hold 
meetings in it. They had a glorious meeting there a lew months ago, 
and the pastor baptized over th rty-five. There was a large addition 
to the church. Financially, the church is weak, and ought to be helped. 
Friendship Church ought to be assisted. It is in a better condition 
now than it has been for years. Bro. Marion Briscoe has been its pas- 
tor for two years, and it has made some progress under his care. It is 
very weak, however. If the salary of its pastor was supplemented this 
year I think it would be able to stand by itself. It is on rising ground. 
A new church constituted a short time since near Courtland, ought to 
be assisted. I have preached at Slower Hill school house, near Hills- 
boro, this year. We have had good congregations. Bro. Roberts and 
myself conducted a meeting of several days there about the first of 
August. We had fine congregations, and I think good was done. It 
would be well to have this point cultivated. After two years experi- 
ence in the mission work, I am convinced that the best policy for this 
Association to pursue in cultivating the large field within our territory, 
is to assist weak churches that are unable to sustain efficient pastors, 
where there is a good prospect for growth, and to cultivate a few prom- 
inent points that are destitute of Baptist preaching; and in the sum- 
mer and fall months, say from June to the last of November, have one 
or two missionaries or evangelists in the field who will hold meetings 
in destitute localities, or with weak churci.es. I am satisfied that this 
will be the most effective mode of doing' our missionary work. I 
preached in Courtland for several months, but discontinued my ap- 
pointments there after making a fair trial, as I thought. I had no house 
that we could call our own. The Presbyterian and Methodist breth- 
ren very kindly offered me the. use of their houses of worship. I 
preached in both of them. If we ever do anything there to build up 



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the Baptist cause, we must have a plane of worship of our own, where 
we can have services on the Sabbath. I trust the way will be opened 
before long, when we can secure a preaching place. I assisted Bro. 
Weaver in holding a meeting with Rocky Creek church, in connection 
with Bro. J. D. McClanahan. We had a good meeting. There were a 
number of conversions, and eiftht or nine additions to the church. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford. 

Danville, Ala., Sept.. 28, 189T. 

Elder J. M. Roberts made his report as follows, which was received : 
I was employed by your Board to work north of the M. & C. Rail- 
road as pastor of Liberty, Mt. Stanley; Mt. Pleasant, and Mission Grove 
churches, and to preach at such other points as I thought best, and for 
which they agreed to pay me $100 00. I began work on the 7th of No- 
vember, 1896, and have preached one hundred sermons, delivered two 
missionary lectures, two prayer meeting talks, organized two Sunday 
Schools, assisted in the ordination of three deacons, made 84 visits for 
religious conversation, witnessed 12 conversions, baptized 17, traveled, 
by estimate, 565 miles, collected for missions from 

Liberty church, 1897, $6 76 

M . Stanley, 1896, 4 25 

« 1897, 10 00 

Mi. Pleasant, 5 00 

Total... 26 01 
100 00 

$ 73 00 

Respectfully. 

J. M. Roberts 

REPORTS OF SI \NDING COMMITTEES. 

Reports of standing commit It a on missions were then called for.— 
The following reports were the. read, and the subject of missions was 
made the special order for 7 :80 < fjlock to-night, on motion of Brother 
Thames. 

Report on State mission was r ad by Bro. F. C. David. Report on 
Foreign missions was read by ♦' a Clerk. Report on Associational mis- 
sions was read by Bro. J. I. Sto< kton. 

Report on Home missions w« read by the Clerk. 

Bro. Howard, agent for the A abama Baptist, was permitted to pre- 
sent the claims of that paper to the Association, which he did in a 
good speech full of good sense n id humor. 

On motion the subject of Education was made the special order of 
business the first thing after di^rier. 

A letter from Lebanon churc! was read and the names of delegates 
enrolled, as follows : W. H. Jun- ns, H. C. Barkiey, and G. W. Hardin. 

On motion, adjourned to 1 :80 p. m. Prayer by Bro. J. A. Howard. 

AFTER "OON SESSION. 

After singing, and prayer by ro. W. T. Cobbs, the Moderator called 
the Association to order. ' 



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Bro. D. A. Burleson called the attention of th»» Association to the 
fact thai the President of the Hartselle College, Prof. Riddle, had in- 
vited the Association to visit his school, which invitation bad been 
overlooked. He moved that a committee of 12 be Appointed by the 
Moderator to visit the Hartselle College at 4, p. m., to-day, in compli- 
ance with the request of the President. 

The motion was unanimously adopted, and ihe Moderator appointed 
the following brethren on said committee: J. E. Weaver, J. S. Gibson, 

A. J. Thames, J. I. Stockton, F. C. David, J. Evans, J. B. Kilpatrick, J. 

B. Sherrill, M. A. Ratliffe, B. B. Day, J. R. Witt, T. H. Sullivan. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The report on Ministerial Education was read by Bro. W. T. Cobbs. 

While waiting for the report on education, Bro. J. B. Sherrill asked 
the privilege of speaking to the Association in behalf of Bro. W. T. 
Cobbs. He stated that the Falkville church and people had been try- 
ing to build a home for Bro. Cobbs. It was not completed, and Bro. Cobbs 
needed help to finish it. He asked the brethren to help him. A col- 
lection was then taken for this purpose, amounting to $5 83. 

The subject of Ministerial Education was then taken up and discuss- 
ed by Bros. Jos. Shackelford, J. M. Roberts, J. A. Howard, M. Stamps, 
A. J. Thames and F. C. David, after which pledges were taken from the 
churches. Sabbath schools, and individuals, and a cash collection 
amounting in all to $200 16, as follows : 

PLEDGES FBOM CHURCHES AND SUNDAY 8CHOOL8. 

Bethel (M). .' $ 2 00 Central New Decatur $ 5 00 

Center Grove, per Mr. Ratlitf 2 00 Cherry Hill 5 00 

Danville 10 00 

Harmony, per J. A. Walker. 

pd. *1, 2 00 

Hopewell, 5 00 

Macedonia (F.), 2 00 

Mt. Nebo, (F.) 10 00 

Mt. Pisgah, pd. F. C, 6 00 

New Prospect 1 00 

New Decatur, 1st, 10 00 

Pleasant Grove 5 00 

Somerville 2"50 



Enon 2 50 

Hillsboro 5 00 

Hartselle, 5 00 

Mt.Zion, (L.) 2 00 

Mt. Hope 6 00 

Moulton, 10 00 

Falkville 1 00 

Okoloua 5 00 

Okolr.na, per J. C. Reed, pd.. 1 00 

Russellvilie, 5 00 

Shady Grove 1 00 

Pleasant Hill (M) 2 00 Pleasant Hill, (L.),. . l 00 

Trinity, .... 2 50 Town Creek 10 00 

Cave Springs, per J. Ratlitf.. 100 

?* $64 50 

$62 00 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Central New Decatur $5 00 Moulton $5 00 

Danville 2 fiO Mt.Zion ( L), per C.C. Willis, 100 

Hartselle, 2 50 Town Creek, per R. T. Wear, 2 50 

Russellvilie Ladies' Aid So- 

*«iety 500 I860 

$15 00 



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J. M. Roberts 

A. W. Briscoe, pd 

R. L. Quinn 

J. T. Wallace. 

J. A. Walker f 1 

Willis Orr. 1 

F. C. David and wife 2 

H. E. Kelly '. . . . 2 

Elsie E. Gibson 1 

Miss Mertie L. Johnson 

Hat collections 5 



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60 
60 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
26 
41 



$23 66 



Total from churches 

Total from Sunday Schools 
Total from Individuals.. 



Jos. Shackelford $500 

W. T.Cobbs 2 00 

A Brother 10 00 

J. H.Norwood 1 00 

W. M. Roan, pd 1 00 

J. R. Witt, 1 00 

Msss Ethel and Sal lie Rob- 
erts, by Father, 2 00 

W. G. Williamson 1 00 

Fannie Patterson . 2 00 

Miss Hutcherson,pd 1 00 

Falkville, per Prof. Hayes, pd 1 00 



$26 50 

$126 00 

. 23 50 

50 16 



Total pledges and cash, for Ministerial Education, $200 16 

[Notk: — The pledges taken on Friday and Saturday are put together 
in the above.] 

The Report on Education was then read by Bro. J. Evans, and on mo- 
tion the subject of Education was made the special order for to-morrow 
at 10:00, a. m. 
Adjourned to meet at 7 :30, p. m. Prayer by Bro. P. M. Musgrove. 

EVENING SESSION. 
After singing, and prayer by Bro. W. T. Cobbs, the Association was 
called to order. On motion of Bro. J. Evans, speeches were limited to 
10 min"tes. The subject of Missions was then discussed by Brethren 
F. C. David, J. O. A. Pace, J. A. Howard, P. M. Musgrove and Mack 
Stamps, after which, on motion, Bro. Shackelford took the pledges from 
churches, Sunday Schools and individuals. 

PLEDGES FROM CHtTECHES FOR MISSIONS. 

Bethel (M). F. C, $ 6 00 Central New Decatur. :..'.. $30 00 

Central Grove, 3 00 Danville 50 00 



Enon, 15 00 

Harmony, 6 57 

Hopewell, $5 A's M. and $5 

for F. M 10 00 

Hartselle, 58 00 

Macedonia (F) 

Mt. Nebo, 

Mt. Hope 

Mt. Pisgah, pd. F. C, . 

New Friendship 

Pleasant' Grove, pd. F. C.,. . 

Russellville 20 00 

Shady Grove 7 50 

Town Creek, 20 00 



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Falkville 10 00 

Hillsboro, 16 00 

Lebanon 5 00 

Isbell ' . 5 »'0 

Mt.Zion(L.) 8 00 

Mt. Nebo, (M.) 5 00 

Moulton, 10 00 

New Prospect 6 00 

N*-w Decatur 65 00 

Salem, 5 00 

Somerville ... 5 00 

Pleasant Hill, (L) 5 00 

Trinity, pd. F. C, 10 55 

Okolcna 16 00 



$240 V 



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PLEDOES FROM SUNDAY SCHOOLS FOB MISSIONS. 

Central New Decatur $ 5 00 

Moulton, 5 00 

Town Creek 2 50 



Danville $ 5 00 

Russellville 5 00 

Rusellville Sun Beams, 2 00 



$12 50 

PLEDGES FROM INDIVID0AL8. 



$12 00 



A. W. Briscoe $500 

J.O. A. Tace. 1 00 

J. A. Walker 1 00 

Miss A. P. Johnson 1 10 

Mrs, J. A. Thomason 1 00 

Dr. J. M. Kitchens. (F. M.) 2 50 



W. R. Frazirr :....• 2 50 

J. H. Norwood 1 00 

Ladies' Aid So'ty, HartseHe, 1 00 

Ethel Johnson 1 00 

Mrs. J. C. Hartselle, . 85 

Hat collection, 8 86 



Sll 50 



Total from churches. . . $499 

Total from Sunday Schools 24 

Total from Individuals. '. 

Total hat collection : . . 

Cash collection on Sunday, 7 



89 71 



82 

50 

17 35 

3 86 

91 



Total from all sources $553 44 

After the pledges were taken, the reports on Associational, State, 
Home and Foreign Missions, were each adopted as follows: 

P.EPOBT ON A8SOCIATIONAL MISSIONS? 

We, your committee on Associational Missions, report that in our 
opinion a very great deal depends upon the Mission work done in our 
bounds. We believe that all other Mission work, in a great degree 
rests upon the work done in our midst. We are pleased with the work 
done in the past year by our missionaries. We believe that when 
our people see the work and its results, they are more ready to give to 
the Mission cause. 

We earnestly suggest that the plane recommended by Dr. Shackel- 
ford be carried out. Respectfully submitted, 

J. I. Stockton, Chairman. 

BEPOBT ON HOME MI8SION8. 

The Home Mission Board assumed its labors last year with a debt of 
$8,000 and an obligation of $5,700 resting upon it. The debt was in- 
creased to $23,000. plus the obligation, by the 1st of January. But not- 
withstanding ail this, it* labors have been greatly blessed; as we shall 
soon see. Churches have been built, houses of worship repaired, and 
benighted souls have been led from the bonds of iniquity and shackels 
of sin into the resplendent liberty of God. The work done; as the 
Conventional report shows, there have been 372 missionaries employed • 
weeks of labor, 11.075; churches and stations 1,963; sermons and ad- 
dresses. 48,508; prayer meetings, 11,237; baptisms, 4,709; received by 
letter, 4,746— total additions 9,455; churches constituted, 139; houses 
of worship built. 67; houses of worship improved, 129; amount ex- 
pended on houses of worship 852,040; Sunday Schools organized. 313- 
teachers and pupils, 10,725; Bibles and testaments distributed, ^887- 
tracts distributed, (pages) 645,346. We see from this, that, notwith- 
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its work has been glorious. And. as members of this body, we should 
give our hearty co-operation to its support. For there is much yet to 
be done. Therefore, let us realize that we are co-workers in the ac- 
complishment of Christ's mission— the redemption of men. God's 
hand will direct each penny we may give. 

T. H. Johnson, Chairman. 

REPORT ON STATK MISSIONS. 

In presenting this report we find occasion for thanksgiving to Him 
whom we serve, and whose we are. Among the last utterances of the 
State Mission Journal, by our efficient Secretary, are these: "Never 
did the work of this Board promise better things for the Master's glory 
and the building up of the body of Christ in these parts. The outlook 
in our beloved State was never so bright and promising." But the 
bright and promising outlook is at the present. It remains to be seen 
what the churches will do from the first of September until the No- 
vember Convention at East Lake, as to whether the outlook will still 
be bright. Our State Board is encumbered with vast and varied inter- 
ests for our beloved cause, and to carry out successfully what has been 
undertaken, calls loudly for the sympathy, prayers and help of all our 
churches. We do not think the Board has undertaken too much. Let 
each individual member of the Association feel his personal responsi- 
bility to aid in this momentous work, that our Board may undertake 
yet greater things for God. Respectfully submitted, 

F. C. David. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

In treating this- subject I design to show : 1st. That missions is the 
spirit of the word of God. Our Saviour wan sent into the world; sent 
from the heights of Heaven to the low grounds of sorrow, which lie 
in the region and shadow of death, which implies a great distance, for 
He savs, "I came down from Heaven, not to do my own will, but the 
will of Him who sent me."— (John 5:88). Again, He says, "For the 
son of man is oome to seek and save the lost." The first os these pas 
sages shows great natural distance, "down from Heaven;" the other 
shows great moral distance, as expressed in the words, "the lost." Now, 
put the two together, and they convey the idea of a Foreign Missiona- 
ry. 2nd. When the Church of Jerusalem was so greatly persecuted 
that they could not remain in the city, therefore, they that, were scat- 
tered abroad, went everywhere preaching the word, "Then Phillip 
went down to the City of Samaria and preached Christ unto them." 
That was certainly preaching to an uninformed people, and was there- 
fore a Mission work. 

3rd. Saul of Tarsus afterwards called Paul, the apostle, and was 
converted on his way to Damascus, and the Lord said of him : "For he 
is a chosen vessel unto roe, to bear my name before the Gentiles and 
Kings and the Children of Israel."— (Acts 9, 15.) This man spent his 
life in preaching the gospel, and in traveling by land and sea, establish- 
ing churches and writing epistles, and finally died a martyr to the 
cause. We have but to read bis life, to see his Mission work. 

4th. Let us notice in the second place, what has been done in modern 
times in the foreign field. We clip from the minutes of Southern Bap- 
tist Convention, the following good news : "There has been a great in- 
crease in the last twenty years. In 1877 we had sixteen missionaries 
and thirty-two native assistants, making forty-eight workers in all. 
The contributions at that time were $32,276. In 1897, we report 190 
missionaries and native assistants; 660 baptisms; 4,324 members, and 



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$125,681.99 contributions. This is a great increase, for which we should 
thank God and take courage. I saw a quotation the other day from 
the Missionary Review, Of J u tie, 1896, which stated, "that in the United 
States, there was one minister to every eight hundred persons; and in 
England, one minister to every nine hundred souls. But. in the foreign 
fields, how different! In Japan, one to every 250\00O. In India, one to 
every 300,000. In Africa, one to every 400,000. In China, one to every 
700,000. With these Tacts before us. We are bound to' see that the desti- 
tution is great. And although this is the closing decade of the nine- 
teenth century, yet there are thousands and millions of people who 
know nothing of the Bible and the way of salvation, as taught by our 
Blessed Redeemer. The gospel is preached in the foreign field by only 
a few, and to comparatively few people, while the great mass of the 
people are in "outer darknes, and the region and shadow of death." 

In the third and last place, we inquire, what is our duty to do for 
the foreign field? We answer as follows : 

1st. Consider that these heathen people were made by the same di- 
vine hand that made us. Therefore, that they, like we, were made for 
God's glory, and we are all members of tiie great human family, and 
are traveling to death and eternity alike; that their souls are as 
precious to them as ours are to us. They are a part of the world which 
"God so loved as to give His only begotten sou, that whosoever believ- 
ed on Him should not- perish." And as Jesus Christ, by the grace of 
God, tasted death for every man, then they are included as well as we. 

Pray for these heathen people. Jesus said, "The harvest truly is 
great, but the laborers are few; pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the har- 
vest, that He; will send forth more laborers into the harvest."— (Luke 10, 
2). Then we should pray for, more laborers. Joel, the prophet, said : 
"Put ye in the sickle, for The harvest is ripe."— (Joel 3:18). There is 
an active doing demanded. The Saviour said : "Go teach all nations, 
go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,"-- 
(Matt* 28:. 18). Here is a, great Work to be done. We should all be en- 
gaged' in this work. Let some go.in person and all the rest of us go by 
prayer, sympathy and contributions. Submitted, 

j. Gufy; 



THIRD DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

October 2ud 1897, 8 :30, a., ui. 

The devotional services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Kilratrick, 
prayer by R. T. Wear. 

The Moderator called, the Associaticn to order. 

On motion, the subject of the Baptist orphanage at Evergreen was 
made the special order at 11, a. m^ or immediately after the subject of 
education was disposed of. 

Bro. J. I. Stockton was permitted to make a statement concerning a 
monument to Elder J. Speer, deceased, erected by Bro. Daniel Orr, de- 
ceased. Bro. Stockton stated that Bro. Daniel Orr placed a m< nuincnt 
over the grave of Elder John Speer, expecting to secure aid from the 
churches. Bfo. Orr died this year, and a part of the debt is still due 
and unpaid. This debt ought to be paid by us He moved that we now 
raise the balance of the debt. The motion was carried and a collection 




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waf» taken amounting to $14.50, which was enough to liquidate the debt. 
The subject of education was then taken up and discussed by Bro. 
J. B. Kilpatrick, after which additional pledges were taken for Minis- 
terial education, which are incorporated in the list of pledges already 
given. The report on ministerial education was then adopted, as fol- 
lows '. 

BBPOKT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The subject of education, generally, is to-day, receiving more atten- 
tion, perhaps than at any period or the past. People in almost every 
community are waking up to the realization of the great need of edu- 
cating their children. Well, since this is true, beyond question, should 
we not as a denomination, see to it that our ministers, to keep pace 
with this progress, be educated? Yes, and yea, that they should be 
well educated. While we would not say one word disparagingly of 
our brethren who have not had educational advantages, for indeed, 
they have done such a grand work, and to-day, they are doing such 
noble work, but they, one and all, realize that the time is on us that 
we must send out our brethren well prepared to meet the great, ques- 
tions that confront us When the Lord tbuly lays his bands on a man 
to go teach, we ought po lend a helping hand towards giving him an 
education, at least give him a start, then with a sound body and good 
will he will go on. We trust that the young brethren whom the Lord 
has called to preach, will look about them, see the vast fields of work, 
and the great necessity of knowing the truth, will work earnestly and 
zealously to prepare themselves- for their great life work. We hope 
this body will do something to encourage this grand cause, that it may 
dosomethinir to help our young brethren who are struggling to get 
through the course. W.T. Oobbs, 

Chairman. 

The report on Education was also adopted as follows : 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

Education is in the air; it rides 01 the high places of earth. Its re- 
searches to-day compass land and sea. All denominations are striving 
for the mastery, to elevate and ennoble the people. The arms of Chris- 
tianity are being tenderly thrown around the young of our generation. 
We like others, are competing for the prize. Much has already been 
done in fitting up institutions of learning in the State, in which the 
youth of our day may flud that happiness and peace that cnmes from 
christian education, and especially to education under the wise control 
of Godly men and women. We point you to the Judson, at Marion, as 
' superior school for young ladies. Howard College, at Birmingham, 
stands with open doors Of welcome to its classic halls those who wish 
to excel in the higher branches of learning. The Baptist Collegiate 
institute, at Danville, stands within easy reach of North Alabama stu- 
dents Its course of study embraces a Normal Department for Teach- 
ers a fine Literary Course, preparing students for advanced classes in 
the' University or College. Music is taught by an accomplished teach- 
er, and a Business Course is attached to suit those looking to a mercan- 
tile W4»rld for success. These schools are worthy the patronage of all 
good people. The wise will come and drink from the limped stream of 
christian culture, whose waters are pure and health-giving to the soul. 

jAMts Evans, 
Mabion Bbiscoe, 
T. W. McMillan. 



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The Moderator appointed Bros. F. C. David, J. L Stockton and T. R. 
Bragg a committee to suggest names to All vacancies in the Board of 
Trustees of the Danville school. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DEVOTIONAL EXRKCISKS. 

The Committee submitted the following report, which was approved : 

Preaching to-night at Baptist Church, by Elder P. C. David. 

" " " Methodist Church, by Elder A. W. Briscoe. 

" Sunday, at 11 a. m., at Baptist Church, by Elder J. Evans. 

14 11 " " Methodist Church, by Elder J. B. 

: Kilpatriek. 

to-night at Falkville' Baptist Church, by Elder J. M. 

Thames. 

Sunday School Mass Meeting, Sunday morning, Baptist Church, 

conducted by T. H. Johnson. 

Bethel, Church, Sunday, at 11 a. m.. by Elder J. M. Roberts. 

W. T. C0BB8, Chairman. 

A motion was made and adopted that the pastors and delegates of the 
churches be requested to collect at least enough from each church to 
pay for one desk for the Danville school. The amount necessary will 
be about 92.60. This elicited some discussion, which manifested in- 
creased interest in the school. Money collected for this purpose is to 
be sent to the President of the Board of Trustees, Danville, Ala. The 
subject of the Orphan's Home was postponed until the afternoon ses- 
sion. On motion, adjourned to meet at 1 : SO p. m. Prayer by Bro. J. 
M.Roberts. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. J. 
Evans. On' motion of Bro. J. S. Gibson, the Moderator appointed a 
committee on Time and Place of Next Meeting, and Preacher of the 
Introductory Sermon, with an alternate, as follows : A. J. Thames, C. 
A. Womble and Mack Stamps. 

THE ORPHAN'S HOME. 

The special order for this hour, the report of the committee on the 
Orphan's Home, at Evergreen, was then taken up and the report was 
read by Bro. A. J. Thames. On motion to adopt, the subject was dis- 
cussed by Bros. Thames and J. Evans. Bro. M. Stamps offered a reso- 
lution, that the collection to-morrow be taken up for the Orphan's 
Home. Rev. J. Evans offered a substitute for the resolution: -'That 
the pastors of churches be requested to take up a collection at their 
churches for the Orphan's Home." The substitute was adopted, and 
pastors will please notice the request and comply as soon as possible', as 
the Home needs help. 

The report of the committee was adopted as follows : We, your com- 
mittee on Orphan's Home, beg leave to offer the following : Under the 
efficieut management of Bro. J. W. Stewart, the Home continues to do 



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good work. There has been in all, seventy children carried to Ever- 
green from different parts of the State since this work began. There 
are about thirty-five in the Home now, and quite as many have been 
adopted and giv«»n pleasant homes. The advantages these children 
have are good; they are taught to work, sent to Sunday School and 
to the Agricultural School. Every opportunity is offered to make them 
useful christian men and women. The Home is paid for, but money is 
needed to ..pay for food and clothing. We recommend that the churches 
give these faithful managers of the Home their Co-operation, prayers 
and support. We would urge that the pastors hold children's services 
and instruct the young people concerning this great, work and they 
will give to this needy cause. Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. Thames, 
';.• J. A. Walker. 

EXECUTIVE HOARD AND TREASURER. 

The following resolutions were offered by Bro. Jos. Shackelford, which 
were adopted : 

Resolved. — That the following brethren be appointed the, members 
of the Executive, Board for the next year : A. W. Bailey, J. O. 0'r>, W. 
L>. Irwin, J. M. Kitchens, 3 M. Sandlin. J. M. Shoemaker, Jourddn 
White, J. N. Jackson. T. R. Bragg, J. A. Walker, Wm. East and J. Gi 
TidweJl, and that seven constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business. 

Resolvkd, Second — That Bro. W. I). Irwin be appointed Treasurer 
of the Association for the ensuing year. 

TEMPERANCE. 

The report on Tempera use was read by Bro. T. H. Johnson and 
adopted as follows : 

The subject of Temperance is one of ft*e most important questions 
that demands the attention of the American people. Intemperance 
corrupts pur youth, disturbs the harmony of families,, degrades the 
mora' standing of communities and is the source of other evils too nu- 
merous to mention. The allies of intemperance tire going about like a" 
roaring lion, seeking whom t.hey may devour. With these facts. before 
us, we earnestly call upon all lovers of mankind, and especially all 
christians and christian minutes, to lift their voices against this curse, 
and to make prayer to Almighty God for wisdom to successfully fight 
this hydea-headed monster. : and we earnestly recommend to our 
churches that thev keep from the membership any who drink, sell or 
cause to be sold as a beverage, intoxicating drinks, and that this Asso- 
ciation give her support to any movement that has for its object the 
removal of the strong hold of Intemperance from our land. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. M. Roberts. 

COLPORTAGE. 

The report of the committee on Colportage was read by Bro. J^ D. 
McClanahan and was discussed briefly by him, and then adopted as 
follows : 

We, your committee, be leave to report. On account of t!*.e financial 



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pressure on us, there has not been as many Bibles, Testaments and 
other Baptist literature sold as we could desire; though our mission- 
aries have done well, considering the scarcity, of money. We, as Bap- 
tists, need to wake up on this subject. We believe that the colportage 
work is one of the best means of reaching the people in the rural dis- 
tricts. We Would urge upon this Association the importance of this 
work. Let us give the people the word of God, and scatter Baptist books 
and tracts in our territory. We would recommend that the Executive 
Board supply our missionaries with the means to procure Bibles and 
Testaments to begin their labor in their respective fields. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J'. D. McClanahan, 
T. B. Bragg 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

The report of the committee on Sunday Schools was read by Bro. A. 
W. Briscoe. Bro. Shackelford, by request, represented the Sunday 
School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and presented the 
claims of that Board to the Association. Bro. J. Evans also made some 
remarks. The report of the committee wa* then adopted as follows : 

Your committee on Sunday Schools beg leave to report as follows : 
Last vear. of the 56 churches, 36 reported Sunday Schools, with a mem- 
bership of 1,210. Ten of the schools gave no'statistics. This year, out of 
the 66 churches 31 report Sunday 'Snhoula, with a membership of 1,439. 
Two Of the schools give no statistics, It is evident that we are not. 
making the progress in the line of Sunday School work that we ought 
to make. For your commit tee to urge the merits of the Sunday School 
cause before this meeting, would" seem to be useless consumption of 
time; As Baptists, of whom It has been said, "They are the Apostles 
cf tbe world." we cannot but be alive to the importance of any work 
that has for its object the dissemination of the word of God. We urge 
upon the churches the importance of sending to each meeting of this 
Association a full report of their*Sunday Schools, without which we 
are unable to get important information concerning our denomination. 
We recommend the plan, as adopted by this body last year, with refer- 
ence to carrying on the Sunday School work in the bounds of this Asso- 
ciation. We would recommend the use of the literature of the South- 
ern Baptist Convention, published at Nashville, Tenn. 

Respectfully submitted, 
■J. M. Bragg, 
Jas. Evans, 
A. W. Briscoe, 

C&mmif.tee. 
The Committee appointed by the Association in accordance with the 
recommendation of the committee, consists of Bros. J. Evans and John 
A. Thomasoi). Lt is made their duty to gather a full report-.from all 
the Sunday Schools in the Association. Also, to ask pastors to organ- 
ize Sunday Schools in their churches, where they have none. To do 
what is within their power to promote a greater interest in the Sunday 
School work on the part of the churches. Page 22 of the minutes of 
1896 will give the plan as suggested by the committee. 

STATE OF RELIGION. 

Your Oommitte on state of religion report a* follows : It appears 



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from the letters and reports of the associational missionaries, that the 
spiritual condition of the churches generally, is much improved from 
last year. Many churches appear to be going forward. Some report a 
very low spiritual state; others have had gracious revivals. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. C. Weaver, 
Frank Ohenault, 
J. H. Butler. 

Bro. J. O. A. Face made the report on deceased ministers. On mo- 
tion the Association joined in a song and prayer in memory of Elder 
Mike Finney, who departed this life since the last session of the body. 
The prayer was led by Bro. F. C. David. The report was then adopted 
as follows: 

"We, your committee on deceased ministers, beg leave to make the 
following report: 

We find that since the last meeting' of the Association, that our be- 
loved brother Elder Michael Finney has passed to his reward. In the 
death of Brother Finney this Association has lost a most worthy 
brother; the church a loyal and devoted servant; his family a kind 
and affectionate husband and father. Brother Finney served his Mas- 
ter earnestly and faithfully. In his death we feel that we have sus- 
tained a great loss, but we bow in humble submission to Him, who do- 
eth all things well. We commend his grief-stricken family to the God 
whom he served. May we emulate his virtues and ever cherish in fond 
recollection the memory of our departed Brother. 

J. O. A. Pack, 
. James Evans, 

' R. L. Quinn. 

DOCUMENTS. 

The report of the committee on Documents was read and adopted. 

"We. your committee on documents, report as follows: We find 4» 
churches represented by letter and delegates. We find 80 Sunday 
Schools reported, 8 regular prayer meetings. We find 3 churches ask- 
ing the next session of our Association, to wit : Enon, in Lawrence 
county. Macedonia, Franklin county, and Okoloua, in Lawrence county. 
We find that Center Grove, in Morgan county, asks aid from the Board 
to assist in supporting a pastor. New Center asks aid on their church 
building. We also find that 8 churches ask for letter of dismission, to 
wit : Bethel. Colbert county, Liberty, Siloam, Mt. Pleasant, Tuscumbia, 
Sheffield, Mt. Stanley, Furnace Hill, Colbert county. We earnestly 
request the churches of our Association to report their prayer meet- 
ings and Sunday Schools. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan, 
T. R. Bragg, 
J. L. Richet. 

The following churches were dismissed from the Association at their 
request, for the purpose of joining a new Association, the Colbert- 
Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Siloam, Bethel, in Colbert county, Liberty, Mt. 
Stanley, Mt. Pleasant and Furnace Hill. 



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SABBATH DE8ECBATION. 

The following resolutions were offered by Bro. Evans, and adopted: 
Rrsolvcd That it is the sense of this body that the Sabbath day is 
beine very much desecrated.' The fourth commandment, "Remember 
the Sabbath dav, to keep it holy," should be faithfully taught and 
clearly proclaimed in all our land. The Sabbath is designed as 
a day of rest, to the soul. The soul is the instrument that guides, di- 
rects and controls all the energies of the whole man, and needs the 
rest provided in God's great plan. A departure, therefore from God a 
provision for the alleviation of human sorrow, must be productive of 
£reat evils. Sabbath desecration is an attempt to find comfort in some 
other wav than that provided for us in the gospel of our Lord and Sa- 
viour, Jesus Christ. We, therefore, kindly beseech all people to con- 
sider carefully this evil, and render homage to the God of Heaven on 
His own day. 

DIVISIONS OF FUNDS. 

Bro. Jos. Shackelford offered the following resolution, which was 

adopted : 

Resolved That the Treasurer of the Association is hereby instructed 
to send what tneans he may secure from the churches for Foreign, 
Home and State missions, directly to the State Mission Board, Mont- 
gomery Ala., and in addition to the amounts which the churches have 
directed to be sent to these different Boards, and have already sent 
them the Treasurer is hereby directed to send to the State Mission 
Board a sufficient sum to make the contribution f, oro this Association 
amount to at least $100 00 to the State Mission Board, $60 00 to the 
Foreign Mission Board, and $26 00 to the Morae Mission Board at At- 
lanta. 

TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING. 

The committee on time and place of next meeting, and preacher of 
introductory sermon, made their report, which, on motion, was laid on 
the table. On motion, the Association proceeded to vote on the chur- 
ches where the Association should be held. Enon, Mt. Zion, in Law- 
rence county, and Macedonia, in Franklin county, were put in nomi- 
nation. The Association voted to go to Enon church. Time, Thurs- 
day before the first Sabbath in October. 1898 Bro. A. W. Briscoe was 
appointed to preach the introductory sermon, and Bro. W. T. Cobbs, 

alternate. 

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

BESOLUTION OF THANES. 

Bro.J. O. A. Pace offered the following resolution, which was ad- 
opted : 

Resolved That the thanks of the Association be extended to the 
brethren of Hartselle church, and the good people of Hartselle and 
vicinity, for their kind hospitaliiy shown us during the session of this 
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The Treasurer made the following report, which was urde red printed 
in the minutes : 

treasurer's report. 

W. D. Irwin, In Account with Muscle Shoals Association. 
1896. 

Oct. 1. To Amount Cash on hand . $112 11 

" 2. from Finance Committee, 272 06 

8. " * . •* 96 00 

" 5. From Sunday col. for Orphan's Home 30 55 

'• 5. . Church col. for African Missions 8 65 

"5. Mt. Hope Church, .. 20 00 

" 5. Jos. Shackelford 10 00 

" 5 Int. from Courtland Church funds 16 00 

" 28. From Enon Church 1 55 

Dee»14. , . .. Okolona Church M»n. Education 2i85 

" 28. Finance Committee, 5,00 

1897. 

Feb. 8. To cash for Missions, Danville Church . 4 14 

".3. " Liberty Church 50 

" 10. From Mrs. Emma Bynuin. for Min. Educa'n 1 Of) 

Apr. 2. Hartselle Church for Missions, for 1896» 10 60 

iC 2. tfartselle Church for Missions, for 1897, 5 00 

May J5'. New Prospect Church for Missions. . 89 

'"• 24. MoultonS.S. for State Missions, 5'W 

June 3. Jos. Shackelford, for Missions 3:20 

" 22. Harmony Church, for Missions, .. .' 196 

Sept 17. Harmony Church, for Missions, 1 86 

" 28*. F, C. Owen, Bequest 20 00 

' ;" " . ' $618 87 

CRE1HT8. 
1896. 

Oct. 2. By amount paid Jos. Shackelford on salary $20.32 

" .2. .;, . ., Clerk.'s fee. 25' 00 . 

" 5^ , Ministerial Educational Board ....... 29,79 

" 5. Marion Briscoe on salary ,. 8 07- 

5. » J. W. Sandhn for State Mis. Board. 13 10 

•' 13. Orphan's Home. 20 56 

" 27. Foreign Mission Board 32 86 

" 27. African " •« 3 68 

" 27. Home M " 46 60 

" 27. State u " 6 65 

Nov. 19. Minutes 45 00 

Dec. 24. Job^ Shackelford on salary. . . 15 00 

'« 28. , " " " " 9 00 . « 

" 31. Jos. Shackelford for literature - 5 00 
1897. 

Jan. 7. Jos. Shackelford for Mis. Education. . 2 85 

Feb. 3. " " . 18 66, 

Apr. 1. " - •• on salary 30 66 

•' 1. Min. Ed'tional Board for Mrs. Bynum 100 

May 24. J. W. Sandlin, for State Missions 5 89 

June 3. Jos. Shackelord, on salary 40 00 

July 3. " " " " ..' .; 26 66 

" 3. J. O/ A. Pace, on salary _. 17 50 




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Aug. 5. --■ '■' JO. A. Pace on salary 23 45 

Sept. 8. " " ."- " , •■•• 24 25 

7. Jos. Shaekelford, on salary, 30 00 

$501 04 
$618 87 
Sept. 30. By Amount Balance on hand $U7 ?a 

There being no further business, on motion, the Association adjourn- 
ed to meet with Enou Church, on Thursday, before the first Sunday in 
October, 1898. The parting hand was given, and prayer was made by 

Elder Jos. Shackelford. 

R. T. WEAR, Moderator, 

Joseph Shackelfobd, Clerk. 

Notk by Clkbk.— The Association omitted to appoint t hi' Board of 
Ministerial Eduoation. This was an oversight. The Executive B«>ar« 
lias reappointed the old Board, the names of whom, will be found on 
first page of cover. This was clearly the duty, of the Executive Board, 
as they are entrusted with all business that is usually done by the As- 
sociation, which Una y be overlooked, as well as to change time an l 
place of meeting of Association when, necessary— Clebk. 

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SABBATH 8EBVICE8. 

The services appoiuted for the Sabbath were held. The Sunday 
School mass meeting at the : Baptist church was led by Bro. T, B. John- 
son. Speeches were made by Bros, F. C. David, J. B. Kilpatrick, Prof. 
Moon, R. T. Wear and J. C. Orr. Elder J. Evans preached at the Bap- 
tist church, at 11, a. m., and Elder J. B. Kilpatrick preached at the 
Methodist church, at 11, a. m.. A full house at the Baptist, church met 
Bro Evans, who preached a strong and interesting sermon. At the 
Met hodist church the congregation was smaller. They had a good ser- 
mon. Collections at both churches for missions, $7 91. 

TRUSTEES OF THE DANVILLE SCHOOL. 

The (Committee appointed to nominate three Trustees for the Dan- 
ville School, reported the following, which was adopted: "We, your 
'committee to recommend suitable persons to fill the vacancies in Mw 
Board of Trustees of Danville School, respectfully recommend that 
this body re-elect Dr. Jos. Shackelford, Dr. J. M. Kitchens and T. L. 

Baker, for three years from 1897. 

F. C. David, 
J. I. Stockton, 
T. R. Bbaqq. 



MINUTES AND CLERK'S FEE. 

Bro. A. J. Thames moved that the Clerk have 1000 copies printed, 
and that he superintend the distribution or the same, and that he be 
paid $25 for his services, and that the Treasurer be instructed to pay 



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for the printing of the minutes and Clerk's fee, adopted. 

On motion of Bro. T. R. Bragg, the Board of Trustees of the Dan- 
ville School were requested to appeal to the churches of the Associa- 
tion for aid to help get desks and other necessary appliances for said 
school. 

KKPOKT OF FINANCE COMMITTER. 

The Finance Committee made its report, which was adopted with the 
understanding that (he Clerk make such corrections as needed. (See 
table on page 27.) / 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following standing committees : 

On Associational Missions.— J. D. McCtanahan, J. J. Chnrchwell, 

J. W. McMillan. 

On State Missions.— F. C. David, W. T. Cobbs. R. fcf. Allison. 

On Home Missions. — J. Evans. J. L. Richey, J. H. Sullivan, 

O* Foreign Missions.— T. R. Bragg, T. V. Sfcocmaker, E. D. Ste^ 

phensou. 
On Education. — J. B. Kilpatrick, J. C. Tidwell, C. W. Livingston. 
On Ministerial, Education. — Jos. Shackelford, W. 1). Irwin J.N. 

Jackson. 
On Orphan's Home.— M. Briscoe. VV. C. Wrijfht, J. T. Wallace. 
On Tbmpebrncr.—J. E. Weaver, M. W. Ba*UnY, W. M. Roane. 
On Colportage. — .1. 1. Stockton, T. H. Johnson, J. 0. Orr 
On Sunday Schools. — R. L. Quinn, J. B. ShvrrHI, W.J. Briscoe. 

circulation of baptist litbratub* and tracts. 
Th«> committee to secure the ciroolatiou of Baptist literature and 
tracts among the churches was continued, and constats of -J. I. Stockton, 
T. R. Bragg and J. W. Sandlin. 




REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE, MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION. 1897 



CHURCH. 



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12 30 



50 



10 00 



5 00 



2 00 



82 10 



28 



$200 
200 



4 59 



18 84 
3 98 



3 82 



15 60 



7 25 

220 

1 50 

3 45 

20 00 

5 00 

20 00 

15 00 

15 50 

1 15 



75 



1 SB 



5 85 
3 23 



2 50 
2 50 
50 
57 
50 
50 
50 



17 60 
4 70 



1 25 



12 78 240 S3 



2 00 



25 
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90 
50 
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5 00 



1 nO 



5 00 

6 00 



14 25 



5 00 



2 43 



1 30 

7 00 
5 36 



P8 97, 



2 15 



6 00 
5 00 
2 25 



60 



5 00 



2 12 



2 00 

10 00 

r> <io 

9 00 



5 00 



2 00 



5 00 
5 00 



5 00 



2 10 



37 80 



2 00 

1 00 

2 05 
12 50 

2 50 



81 12 



Mt. Pisgab, for Orphan's Home. 

J. C. Tubb. for Ministerial Education. 

John t. Vlasterson. for Minutes. 

J. M. Roberts. Ministerial Education. 

Collections on Friday, for Miissions, 

Ladle's Aid Society, Hartselle. Missions. 

v iss Johnson. Ministerial Education 

Collections on Sunday. 



2 14 



2 05 



4 19 



50 
50 



25 
1 5U 
1 00 



45 
1 00 



70 
1 ifl 



1 00 

70 
50 



1 01 



2 00 



5 00 



4 25 



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1 00 

1 00 

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45 

1 10 

1 00 

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50 
50 



50 



11 25, 19 15 



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12 50 

6 50 

2 00 

25 

16 88 

6 65 
20 25 

5 30 
12 50 

4 00 
12 85 

7 60 

2 7& 

10 90 

11 50 
44 80 

6 00 

15 25 

3 70 

5 20 
895 

200 

6 00 
2ft o<> 
22 00 

16 50 
3 30 

5 8 
45 
860 
11 00 
2 00 
2 00 



14 62 

1 35 
88 79 
16 83 

2 23 



60 

8 82 

7 77 

5 00 

24 80 

2 87 



a 55 

10 o. 

5 00 

19 (X> 
2 50 



14 25 
89 

87 08 
5 00 
9 20 



2 50 
15 00 

4 50 
9 57 

3 50 

5 25 
1 50 

17 60 
9 2* 



2J 00 



408 37 

1 00 

2 50 
5 00 

3 86 
1 00 

25 
7 81 



3 10 

1 43 

2 00 
I 00 

21 30 
14 90 

3 80 
7 00 
5 86 



309 56 
30 77 



12 50 

6 50 
2 00 

25 

81 5 • 

8 (Hi 

S9 04 

22 18 

14 75 

4 00 
12 95 

7 &• 
6 57 

18 67 

16 SO 

68 60 

6 00 

18 12 

8 70 

5 21 
12 50 
30 00 

6 00 
80 00 
41 00 

19 00 
8 30 

(4 25 

6 74 
45 

45 70 
16 00 

11 20 
2 ()'» 

24 no 
2 50 

15 00 

7 6'J 

12 00 
5 o0 

N» 25 
22 80 
32 50 

13 05 
7 00 
5 3>; 
1 75 

717 98 



$429 89. $340 33. $770 22 



— 28 — 

RECAPITULATION. 



CASH AND VOUCHERS 

RECEIVED FOB CASH. 

State Missions $ 14 50 

Home Missions 10 00 

'oreign Missions 82 10 

Associational Missions 244 18 

Ministerial Education 44 05 

Orphan's Home. .. . 4 19 

Minutes 19 15 

Public collection 11 77 



VOUCHERS. 


TOTAL. 


$110 79 


$126 29 


6 65 


16 65 


12 78 


94 88 


83 97 


828 10 


84 12 


128 17 


42 02 


46 21 




19 15 




11 77 



•429 89 $340 83 $770 22 

By amount paid Treasurer by Committee $411 80 

* 4 from New Hope Church 8 80 
by R. T. Wear, Sunday's 
collection 7 gj 

By error, '.....'. '.'..'.'.'.'.'. 6 88 

$429 89 

C. A. WOMBLK, i 

Juo. A. Thomason, } Committee. 
6. H. Huohes, ) 

The Finance Committee made a mistake in putting down some items 
as cash, when they ought to have been placed in the oolumns of vouch- 
ers. I am satisfied that this is the way the apparent discrepancy, 
which is seen in the amount of cash turned over to the Treasurer oc- 
curPed - Clerk. 



FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION, 1897. 



CHURCH. 



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Bethany 

Mae Springs. .. 

Cave Spring 

Cen. New Decatur 

Center Grove 

"herry Hill 

•Danville 

++ Decatur, 1st 

Knon 

Friendship 

KaUville 

Gum Springs (L), . 
Gum Spring (M) . . 

Harmony v 

Htllsboro 

Hopewell — 

Ilartselle 

Lebanon 

l/iberty 

Macedonia (F).. . . 

Macedonia ( >0 

Mt. Zion(M) 

Mt. Zion(L) 

Mt. Nebo^') . 
Mt. Nebo(M) 

Mt. Hope 

Mt. Pisgah 

•Mission Grove. 

Moulton 

New Hope .': 

Mt. Stanley 

New Prospect . . . 
New Friendship. . 

New Center 

New Decatur 1st . . 

Okolona . .. 

Pleasant Grove — 

Prospect 

Russel ville 

Rocky Creek 

Sheffield 

Salem 

Somerville 

Shady Grove 

Siloam 

Pleasant Hill (L). 
Pleasant Hlll(M) 

Tuscumbia 

Town Creek 

Trinity 

Mt. Pleasant 



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12 80 
1 85 



25 



12 00 



7 77 
9 70 



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10 00 



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4 20 



14 00 



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Ministerial Education. 
Orphan's Home. 
Howard rollege. 
Grand Tot il. 



2 50 



10 00 



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6 «5 



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750 



6 00 

a 00 



6 00 
1 CO 



10 00 
5 00 



1 00 
5 00 



8 00 

800 

2 50 



10 00 



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5 00 
2 25 



2 00 



6 00 



1 00 
15 38 



8 65 

10 50 

455 

6 00 



10 00 



78 
10 15 

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12 30 



7 25 
2 20 
1 50 



20 (« 

5 00 

15 00 

15 50 

20 00 
1 15 



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18 34 

3 »*• 



3 82 



15 60 



7 00 
76 



1 55 



5 8 



3 28 



1 50 
1 60 



82 10 12 78^86 93 



$570 49 
184 33 

45 PI 
5 



2 50 
2 50 
4 50 
7 57 
2 50 



3 50 
1 50 

17 60 

4 70 



14 25 



1 50 
1 00 



2 00 

5 00 
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1 00 

2 90 



1 50 
1 00 



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1 00 



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6 00 



6 00 



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2 00 
10 00 



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2 43 



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5 36 



2 13 



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2 00 



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9 00 



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5 00 



5 00 



2 10 

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2 00 

2 05 

10 00 

2 50 



2 14 



2 00 



30 87 



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4 25 



19 41 62 19 v 30 



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♦Of tuts amount. K5.00 was giwenik memory of Miss Glenr 
while she livrd. anu was a f aitlVf nl worker. / ++ This churcl 
not Included in thii report. ^ y4'£' 



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10 00 



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75 00 

185 00 

to 00 

S2 75 



14 20 
43 80 

100 00 

25 00 
£5 00 



100 00 
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13 85 
SO 00 

50 CO 
400 00 

420 00 



church 
b'loing 

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US 50 



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i,2 11 



L8 00 



45 72 



15 07 



5 00 



I 12 50 
6 50 

1 R0 

2 25 
940 72 

43 00 
154 4 
189 24 

64 75 
4 00 

88 27 



£0 75 

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400 00 

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300 00 

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300 00 

6000 00 

400 (JO 

200 00 

1200 00 

3000 ID 

500 00 

260 00 

400 00 

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400 00 

1000 00 
300 00 
300 00 
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250 CO 
2 00 
250 00 

1000 00 
500 00 

850 00 
250 00 
1000 00 
50 00 
300 00 
275 00 
300 00 
150 00 
850 00 
300 00 
400 00 

1500 00 
200 on 

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200 00 

656 00 
300 00 

400 CO 

3000 00 

800 00 

109 00 



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$15 00 «27 45 104 09 *36 78 * 7 50 * 3B. 481.00 



Orr, by her father. .1. G. Orr. She loved the cause or Christ 
has a parsoulge. Money received from individual pledges 









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STATISTICS OF MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1897 



CHURCH. 



it Bethel 

I^ethany 

*t*lue Springs . 
Cave Spring 
1 'en. New Decatur 
Center Grove — 
"'herry Hill ... 

Dan villi- 

Decatur. 1st 

KnoA 

Friendship .... 

FaLivilre 

Gum Spring ... . 

Gum Spring 

Harmony 

Hopewell 

HlllslK>ro 

Hartselle 

*Isbell 

Lebanon 

Macedonia 

Macedonia 

Minion Grove ... 

Moulton 

Mt. Zion 

Mt. Zton 

Mt Nebo 

Mt. Nebo .. 

Mt. Hope 

V,t, I'lsgah 

Mt- Pleasant. . . . 

New Hope 

New Prospect . . 
New Friendship . 

N«w Central 

New Decatur — 

Okoloua 

Pleasant Grove 

Prospect 

Pleasant Hill ... 

Kussell villc . 

Rocky Creek. . . 

Salem 

Somerville . !:4f9. 
S h ady Grove . '■".* , !■ , 
Town Creek .... 
Trinity 
JPloasant Hill 



CO UN TV 



Morgan . • . 
Lawrence 
Morgan . . . 
Morgan.. . 
Morgan . . 
Morgan . 
Kranklin. 
Morgan . . . 
Morgan . . . 
t/Hwre nee 
Lawrence 
Morgan . . 
Morgan.. . 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Morgan.. . 
Lawrence 
Morgan. . 
Fmuklln . 
'•'organ. . . 
Morgan.. 
Kranklin . 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
L-iwrence 
Morgan. . 
Morgan . . . 
Franklin . 
Lawrence 
Morgan. . . 
Colbert . 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Morgan. . 
Morgan . . . 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Morgan . 
Morgan . 
Franklin . 
Morgan . 
Lawrence 
Morgan . 
Morgan . . 
Lawrence 
Morgan 



PASTOR. 



.1 I Stockton . ... 
J R Blackmail 
J C Weaver - 



J D McClanahan 

JO A Pace 

Jos Shackelford 



J D McClanahan 
Marion Briscoe. 

\V T Cobbs 

J C Roan 

J R Blackmail . 

L A Wear 

AW Briscoe - 
Jos Shackelford 
W T Cobbs 



W J Briscoe 

J F Stockton 

KT Wear 

J M Roberts 

I W Sandlin 

W C Summers . . . 
J D Mci.'lauahan 

WT cobbs 

R T Wear 

U T Wear 

Marlon Briscoe. 

J M Roberts 

J R Blackman 

L M Wear 

W E Wright 

W E Wright I J W Maples 

V C David Ip R Harden 

L A Ware KL Bond 

J J Churchwell 

J E Roan 

J Gunn 

J Evans 

J E Weaver . . 

L A Wear 

J K Roan 

J I Stockton . 

R T Wear 

J I Stockton 



.'CLERK, 



J L Love 

.1 W Owens 

W J Weaver . 

W J Collier 

Jno A Thomason 

M W Ratliff 

E R Richerson . .. 
T H Johnson. 
W W Garnett 
J T Wallace . ... 

E W Roden 

T L Simpson . . 

E J Parnell 

W H Muston 

JnoS Howell ... 
F. H. Orr .... 
W .1 Cottlngham. 
E T Johnson.. 



H J Thomason... 
L W Jones — 

F F Elklns 

J W Yates.. . 

H B Irwin 

J H Butler 

W H H Thompson 
R B Gibson .... 
G W Hargett. . 
Geo W Jackson 
H A McClellau 
A L Stoenson .. 

M H ''row 

M H Masterson 
W J Blackeuship 



CLERK'S 
POST OFFICE 



K L 

M c Bragg 
J E Leeman - 
W N Stewart 



Lawrence 'R M Atkins 



Pet^r clay 

J C A 



Allison 

H E Weatherwax 

S A Lynn 

J A Moore ... 

Jno M Jackson '■'. 

H T Llle 

T M Reod 



Rk.vtarks— Pleasant Hill church was formerly called Calhoun. Sheffield churchv Furnace 
Mt. Pleasant churches, with a membership of 632 reported this year were dismissed at this 
* No report from the churches this year, gome churches have Sunday Schools, but give no s 
lire about 30 Spnday Schools. . ValherinosoSprings church Is dropped, having made no re 




S.S. SUPERINTENDENT'S 

Name and P. o. Address. 



Hartsell 
Town Creek 
Center Grove 
Prlcevllle 

itecatur 
tenter Grove 
Waco 
Danville 
Decatur 
Jesseton 
Basham 
Falkville 
Hartsell 
Hatton 
Moulton 
Danvill.. 
Hillsboro 
Hartselle 

Falkviile 

Lanes 

Newburgh 
Courtland 
Moulton . 
Edmund. . 
Hartselle 

Massey 

Harget's Mill 

M« Hope 

Flint 

Sheffield 

Courtland. 
Landersville. 
Somerville 
Somerville . . 
New Decatur 

Hatton 

Moulton : 
Somerville 
Simpson . .. 
Russeliville. 
Lawrence Cove 

Moulton 

Somerville 

Neal 

Mt. Hope 

Trinity 

Mountain Home 

Total ". 



No report 



No report 

Jno A Thomason, Decatur 



J B Kil patrick. Danville 

T 

J L Thompson, Falkville 
A T Tapscott, no statistics 

W S Howell. Pitt 

No report 

W S Stephens. Hillsboro 

J M Aitchen, Hartsell 



T N Vinson, Newburgh 

, Joflrd White, Moulton 
1 J L Richey Edmund 

, ' No statistics given 

V R Witt. Massed 'J 

Jno W Gibson. Flint 

Edper Hamilton Courtland 

W J Blankensnip, Somervilf 
J N Holloway, Somerville 
J C Lance. New Decatur 
F T Campbell. Edmund 



~o 



11 P A day, Simpson 

N C Greenhill, Russeliville 

E F Weatherwax Moulton 

S S. but no statistics 



C M Livingston. Neal 
JTJ-^ubb. Mt. Hope 
S S, buTfnT-5tRttBt.Tcs 



■I 



bert. Liberty^Mt Stanley and 

did not glvtgjhe statistics 

not report them. >««Thore 



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